Much of Saturday was taken up with a cruise on the Twin Screw Steamer Earnslaw, the only remaining coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. It dates from Edwardian times and was launched in the same year as the Titanic: 1912.
We travelled at a stately speed from the centre of Queenstown to Walter Peak Farm, a distance of perhaps 15km, over 50 minutes, where we were treated to a sumptuous smorgasbord BBQ. The reassuring thump-thump noise of the steam engine plus the thick black smoke takes us back to an era that none of us can actually remember, a time of innocence before the world wars, a time of endless summers. Stop me before I burst into poetry.
“Stands the church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?”